During last night's Board of Ed meeting, Board Member Berthiaume said:
“... we are substantially overcrowded and while it’s certainly possible to look back and say where was the long-range planning, it doesn’t do anything to change the fact that we are where we are now in terms of being in this area, as well as many other areas, very, very badly overcrowded, and not just in need of a school soon, but yesterday, in this area. Whatever flaws the report may have had are more or less irrelevant at this point because the parks are off limits, that’s been made clear to us. As we’ve discussed, Ms. Carrier’s letter indicated that they’re not handing us any parks. But we’ve got to put a school somewhere. And this is a school that was surplussed*, to which the board kept a right of reclaim. So when we talk about due process, that was written into the deed and therefore we are exercising a legal right under a deed that we reserved. Now I will say for myself that I’m happy to take you up on your offer. If you can show me another site in this cluster that will cost us less and be of equivalent size and not delay our CIP [Capital Improvement Program], show it to me.”
*Of course, the Kensington Park retirement community was built on much of the site of the former Kensington Junior High School; as a result, Rock Creek Hills Park is much smaller than the old KJH site, and has greatly reduced road accessibility.